From Waters Croft the yearly income to my wife to keep a
yearly Obit in the church for 40 years, with solemn dirige and masses by
note for my soul, friends, etc, after my wife’s death daughter Katherine
have the income to continue the Obit. After the 40 years the Croft remain
as my other lands abovesaid. If the Obit not kept the vicar of Middleton
for time being to receive the yearly income and keep the Obit. If my
sister Katherine Finche or any one in her name, not being contented with
the three acres assigned unto them, will vex or trouble my wife for any
parcel of land belonging to the Manor of Groveherst, or any of the lands
called Newgar or Hadlowe, for the suite that hath been for the same, then
my wife be allowed out of the £66-13-4d before given to Katherine my
daughter, as much as my wife shall spend in her defence. If wife be so
vexed she shall enfeoff the moiety of the Manor of Colsall with lands etc
thereto, to the use of her lawful issue, or in default to my brother
Richard and his eldest male issue, etc, as above. Witnesses :—Thomas
Lawrance of Canterbury, notary, John Long, John Stone.
[Probate 9 June
(A. Vol. 18, fol. 209.)
6 April 1499. Buried in the churchyard next to my wife.
To the vicar for tithes 3-4d; parish clerk 12d; sexton 12d ;
to the works of the church most needful 20/-. Thomas Slede 40/-,
Richard Nele 13-4d, Agnes wife of Richard Martin 40/-. Isabell my daughter
at her marriage £5. Repair of bad roads within the Hundred of Middleton
40/-. A priest pray daily for my soul, wife, and all christian souls for a
year, and have £6-13-4c1. Residue after debts etc paid to my Ex’ors :—Samson
Sayer and Peter Smith to dispose for my soul. Anne my daughter wife of of
Walter Stonyng have my tenement and garden in St. John’s hole [sic]
and to her heirs for ever, if she keep yearly in the church one Obit of
5/- for my soul, wife, etc, during seven years.
[Probate 17 April
(A. Vol. 7, fol. 1108.)
THOMAS AUSTEN,1 clerk, vicar [1512-43].
. . . 1543. Buried within the quire of the church.
To the poor at my burying 13-4d. Thomas Hilles a stock or hive of
bees. Dom James Welforth, clerk, one of my long gowns.
1 He died in 1543, as Henry Brown
the next vicar, 16 November 1543, on death of Thomas Austen.—Reg.
Cranmer, f. 390.